Dr. Kimberly Jones
Discerning the Influence of Nanomaterials in Our World"
Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series
Monday, November 9
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Nanoparticles have always existed, but the relatively new field of nanotechnology is projected to revolutionize many aspects of human life while generating a multimillion-dollar industry. Dr. Kimberly Jones specializes in this diverse field which designs and uses microscopic nanoparticles whose dimensions are measured in billionths of a meter.
Nanotechnology, or engineering at the atomic and molecular levels, produces particles with unusual and useful functions. These nano tools potentially could be used to improve human health through medical diagnostics and targeted drug delivery. They also could greatly increase the speed of computing through novel semiconductors and quantum computers; alter commercial manufacturing processes and the properties of many common products, such as lighter and stronger construction materials; and improve the environment by reducing pollution associated with manufacturing, providing cleaner energy sources and cleaning up pollution through environmental remediation.
As with any rapidly emerging technology, many unanswered questions exist about the short- and long-term impacts and risks of human-designed nanoparticles on living systems and the environment. As a co-principal investigator with the Duke University Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, Dr. Jones specializes in the movement of nanoparticles and how they transform in the natural environment.
Dr. Jones holds a master's in civil engineering from the University of Illinois and a doctorate in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Currently on the faculty at Howard University, she has more than fifteen years of experience in the nanotechnology field studying its biomedical and environmental applications. She has been recognized as one of the "30 Women to Watch" by Encore magazine and one of the "Top Women in Science" by the National Technical Association.
Admission is free and a ticket is not required.